Oxenfree: Review and Analysis

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Title: Oxenfree
Genre: 
Adventure/Exploration, Puzzle, Mystery, Horror
Developer: Night School Studio
Release Date: January 15, 2016

Oxenfree coverLet’s Player: ChristoperOdd
Date Started: 9/2/18
Date Finished: 9/5/18


A supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift.


With a heavy Stranger Things vibe and a female MC who’s a person of color, I couldn’t help but be drawn into this paranormal tale that starts out (like most) normally enough with a group of teenagers participating in a high school rite of passage that turns into a supernatural mystery involving secret subs, a lost crew, and a government cover up not dissimilar to The Philadelphia Experiment and Montauk.

Oxenfree, developed by Night School Studio and the brainchild of former Telltale and Disney employees, was released on January 16, 2016 accompanied by developmental documentaries and an alternative reality game (ARG), which allows players to interact with it in the real world, lending a creepier air to an already eerie narrative.   The atmospheric music, composed by scntfc, adds the perfect accompaniment to Alex and company’s exploration of the abandoned Edwards Island.  Along with the music, Morse code serves an integral part to understanding what happened here, though, as usual, the internet provides for those of us not savvy enough to be knowledgeable.

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The State of the Reader: 3/27/19

<–The State of the Reader: 3/13/19         The State of the Reader: 4/10/19–>

A weekly post updated every other Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads, and if you have an account there feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Obtained: 1


Books Finished: 0


Currently Reading

Title: Leviathan Wakes
Series Title: The Expanse
Author: James S. A. Corey
Date Added: June 6, 2018
Date Started: February 19, 2019

Leviathan Wakes coverMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 76%

This is one of those books I almost DNFed, but I’m so glad I didn’t.  The shit hit the fan, and while the degree is astronomical, it’s nothing that humans haven’t done before.  Grimdark in space this might be, but it’s the same old shit we’ve been doing to each other for millennium.

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The State of the Gamer: 3/26/19

Oh shit I never posted this!  I think I just saved the draft lol.  Hilarious.

<–The State of the Gamer: 3/12/19           The State of the Gamer: 4/9/19–>

A weekly post updated every other Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have an account at Grouvee, which is a site you can use to keep track of your backlog, so please feel free to friend me there!

What I Obtained

  • The Night of the Rabbit – $1.99 @ Gog.com
  • Memoria – $1.99 @ Gog.com

What I Finished

Title: Night in the Woods
System: Nintendo Switch

Night in the Woods coverDate Started: 3/9/19
Date Finished: 3/16/19

I say I’m finished, but I’m actually playing through it again to catch some of the stuff I missed.  Now that I have a better idea of where all to go, I’m going to try to fill out my journal more.  I’m also way better at playing the bass this time around lol.

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The State of the Writer: 3/24/19

<–The State of the Writer: 3/10/18         The State of the Writer: 4/7/19–>

A post updated every other Sunday discussing my current writing projects and any completed the prior two weeks.

Finished Projects: 1


Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 254,553
Prior Word Count: 254,713
Word Difference: -160
Status: Editing
Progress: Chapter 15 Second Edit

I think I’m about halfway through the second edit, which should be the last one before I post.  Hopefully before the end of this week *fingers crossed*

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The Naughty or Nice Tag

Oh man…do I ever suck at timing.  This is a Christmas tag and here we all are on the Ides of March.  Except for the time travelers.  They’re wherever they hell they want to be.  Even though I’m late, I’m still going to have fun doing this tag from Ignited Moth, and hopefully she’ll put in a good word for me with Santa.

Received an ARC and not reviewed it?

Red X

 

 

I haven’t received too many ARCs, but I did make a point to review them (I think…).

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley?

Red X

 

 

Huh?  I mean Netgalley sounds kind of familiar, but like a decade ago familiar, and I certainly don’t recall receiving feedback on it.

Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)?

Red X

 

 

No, I’m actually pretty good at reviewing books on Goodreads.  I don’t think I’ve said I was going to come back to do a full review and reneged on that promise.

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The State of the Reader: 3/13/19

<–The State of the Reader: 2/27/19         The State of the Reader: 3/27/19–>

A weekly post updated every other Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads, and if you have an account there feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Obtained: 5


Books Finished: 0


Currently Reading

Title: Leviathan Wakes
Series Title: The Expanse
Author: James S. A. Corey
Date Added: June 6, 2018
Date Started: February 19, 2019

Leviathan Wakes coverMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 39%

Someone is clearly pulling the strings of the galaxy in order to obtain…something.  We don’t know what yet, and the authorities still think this is beef between the Belt and Mars, when it’s fairly obvious someone is manipulating the narrative to seem so.

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The State of the Gamer: 3/12/19

<–The State of the Gamer: 2/26/19           The State of the Gamer: 3/26/19–>

A weekly post updated every other Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have an account at Grouvee, which is a site you can use to keep track of your backlog, so please feel free to friend me there!

What I Finished

Title: The First Tree
System: Nintendo Switch

The First Tree coverDate Started: 3/7/19
Date Finished: 3/10/19

I don’t think anyone could deny that this is a beautiful game with a magnificent soundtrack, excellent voice acting  (provided by the creator and his spouse), and stunning visuals.  It speaks to the creator, David Wehle’s cinematic background, which may also be the reason the game suffers from some significant logistical issues, namely the jumping mechanic.  Wehle isn’t (or wasn’t) a game designer.  It’s necessary for certain progression and to gather all the collectibles for you completionists out there.  The story, while nothing new, is still heartfelt and relatable, being about loss, regret, and memory.  How the visual representation of the fox searching for her cubs intertwines with the narrator coming to terms with his grief is up for discussion and interpretation.

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